Definition of ethnobotany in English:

ethnobotany

Line breaks: ethno|botany
Pronunciation: /ˌɛθnəʊˈbɒt(ə)ni
 
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noun

[mass noun]
The scientific study of the traditional knowledge and customs of a people concerning plants and their medical, religious, and other uses.
More example sentences
  • He is a conservation biologist who has worked in the fields of ethnobotany and plant germplasm conservation for 30 years.
  • Activities included field excursions to some of the island's imperiled ecosystems, lectures in tropical specialties such as breadfruit biodiversity and medical ethnobotany, and demonstrations of Pacific cultural uses of plants.
  • Trees are described first at the generic level, with a discussion of form, ecology, phenology, ethnobotany, etc.

Derivatives

ethnobotanic

adjective
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  • The living collections at Kahanu Garden focus on plants of the Pacific Islands, particularly those of ethnobotanic value to Hawaiians and other cultures of Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia.
  • Allan has travelled from the Ivory Coast to Madagascar and New Guinea, seeking plants which have a real or potential ethnobotanic use as food, medicine, fibre, dye or cosmetics.

ethnobotanical

adjective
More example sentences
  • OK, our garden is based around ethnobotanical plants which are useful to people, not only for foods and medicines, but also for fibres, dyes, cosmetics, perfumes, poisons and so on.
  • Plants from tropical rainforests represent a rich source of potential immunomodulating substances, and leads from ethnobotanical practices have been the primary source of plant selection in recent years.
  • The result of this collaboration is a book rich in ethnobotanical information, well and clearly presented, and enhanced by the introductory chapters giving the social history and background of the Florida Seminole Indians.

ethnobotanist

noun
More example sentences
  • He eventually left to become curator of the herbarium at the California Academy in San Francisco and has become a renowned ethnobotanist.
  • Best known as an anthropologist and ethnobotanist, Wade has made 6,000 or so botanical collections while living among fifteen indigenous groups in eight South American countries.
  • They meet county park naturalists, ethnobotanists, and salmon preservationists and learn about the roles these people play in their communities.

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